DePaul Blue Demons vs. Providence Friars – Wednesday, March 11th, 11:00 a.m. Central
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The 16th seeded Blue Demons popped Cincinnati's NCAA tournament bubble on Tuesday as they defeated the ninth-seeded Bearcats 67-57. They'd like to play the role of spoiler and pop a few more bubbles before they are through in the Big Apple.
Next up is eighth-seeded Providence who is also sitting on that NCAA bubble. A win helps the Friars NCAA resume reach 19 wins. A loss would likely spell a trip to the NIT.
Providence has been struggling of late and have lost five straight coming into Wednesday's game. The Friars are loaded with experience and are the only team in the nation that feature five 1,000 point scorers. Their 1,000 point fraternity includes senior guards Weyinmi Efejuku (15.4 ppg) and Jeff Xavier (9.4 ppg), junior guard Sharaud Curry (11.6 ppg), senior swingman Geoff McDermott (8.2 ppg), and senior big man Randall Hanke (8.5 ppg) .
The Blue Demons last faced the Friars back in early January in Providence. The Friars walked away with a 62-54 win. The Demons kept in close throughout, but could never assume a lead.
Will Walker led the way for DePaul with 14 points. While sophomores Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal were both held below their average (a total of 19 points on a combined 7 of 25 shooting).
Freshman center Krys Faber gave the Demons a big spark down low contributing with a career high 11 points.
For DePaul to be successful, the need both Koshwal and Tucker to bring their "A" games. It is very important that they get off to a good start in this one. If they dig themselves a hole, they aren't likely to find their way out.
The winner of this game advances on to the quarterfinals on Thursday to take on the #1 seed Louisville.
The Last Time
On January 3rd at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, senior guard Weyinmi Efejuku led all scorers with 18 points as Providence defeated DePaul 62-54.
Junior guard Will Walker led the Demons with 14 points. Sophomore forward Dar Tucker was held to a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double. Sophomore Mac Koshwal scored seven and snatched 10 rebounds. Freshman big man Krys Faber contributed a career-high 11 points off the bench for the Demons.
NO NAME Yr Ht Wt Position Hometown/High School
0 Alex Kellogg SO 6-7 225 Forward Columbus, Ohio/DeSales High School
1 Jeff Xavier SR 6-1 185 Guard Pawtucket, R.I./St. Raphael Academy
2 Marshon Brooks SO 6-5 190 Guard/Forward Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker High School
4 Sharaud Curry JR 5-10 170 Guard Gainesville, Ga./Wheeler High School
11 Geoff McDermott SR 6-8 235 Forward New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle High School
12 Luke Burchett JR 6-0 185 Guard Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick High School
13 Weyinmi Efejuku SR 6-5 210 Guard/Forward Fresh Meadows, N.Y./Brewster Academy
15 Jamine Peterson SO 6-6 225 Forward Brooklyn, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep.
21 Chris Baudinet SR 6-5 210 Forward Watertown, Conn./Taft School
23 Brian McKenzie JR 6-4 205 Guard Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian High School
25 Brian Beloin SR 6-5 200 Forward Avon, Conn./Avon High School
31 Connor Heine SR 6-4 185 Forward Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep School
32 Randall Hanke SR 6-11 240 Forward/Center New York, N.Y./Trinity-Pawling School
34 Jonathan Kale SR 6-8 245 Forward/Center Mattapan, Mass./St. Andrew's School
42 Bilal Dixon FR 6-8 228 Forward/Center Jersey City, N.J./Queen of Peace
55 Ray Hall JR 6-11 265 Center Denver, Colo./J.K. Mullen High School
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